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Book Review: The Extra Mile

Posted Aug 19 2009 6:25pm

The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultra-Running Greatness
by Pam Reed
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN-13: 978-1594867309

As an introduction to Pam Reed: she’s an ultrarunner who has won Badwater twice (including beating the men), she has set records for many different distance running achievements, and she is the race director for the Tucson Marathon.

This books is her life story, written by Pam herself. The language is very simplistic, straightforward and to the point. Almost conversational. The book details not only all of her running adventures, but also talks about her childhood and her lifelong struggle with anorexia.

She and her crew chief for Badwater set many new standards in terms of crewing that race. A lot of their methods and approaches are discussed in the book. It’s interesting that the innovation that they came up with are now pretty much the standard for crews. Some of their innovations are also the inspiration behind many of the rules at Badwater.

I found it very easy to read and got through the book in just a couple days. There is a lot to be learned from the stories contained within, even if they aren’t written as an instructional manual. And there are little things that I kind of tucked away as possible things to try (like papaya enzyme for stomach issues).

It’s not a literary masterpiece, but it’s a fascinating read about an interesting person. I’ve heard some people call her names, but I’ll give her this… she’s tough. I enjoyed the book.

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